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it's labor day and president obama is rolling up his sleeves. the speech this hour kicks off a week of hard labor and passing health care reform. you'll hear it live and in illinois, so is the little boy who was hidden away in a crawl space for two years. and three would of be terrorists who face five other suspects are not. you're live in the cnn
"newsroom." there is a health insurance overhaul and president obama is tackling that topic minutes from now in a speech at an afl-cio picnic in cincinnati. and tomorrow it's back to school speech in virginia that the white house hopes will be seen in classrooms nationwide. but the big event is on wednesday. a primetime address to a joint session after a month of town halls and short tempers, the president will try to refocus lawmakers on his version and vision of health care reform and it's all right here. now a pop quiz, which of those
speeches of the u.s. labor force, we've reported last week, the up roar over the school's speech. and now we have the authority from cincinnati to get us through it. you know, jill, if you don't mind, i just got done reading it. one line that jumps out at me is what you'll make of your education and it will define nothing less than the future of this country. but then it gets more personal and goes on to say the circumstances of your life, what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you've got going on at home, that's no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. that's no excuse for dropping out of school. that's no excuse for not trying. it's pretty powerful stuff but what do you think? it's still part of this? >> well, when i read it, if you're not -- in fact, you have
to say that it's really an inspirational speech given by the president and i think the president is arriving, by the way. inspirational, staying cool. look, i worked hard. i worked hard. you can do it, too. and it's very important for to you do this. >> and we should point out that the crowd has been going crazy over what we're talking about. we're waiting for another health care event. i just want to and getting ready for the president, he went on to say that students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who found someone on facebook and so today
i want to ask you, what's your contribution going to be? >> and so right there you would think that any parent would be thrilled to hear that piece of advice. >> yeah. well, he's trying to, number one, say you as an individual. and your education is very important to the country. and that's the overall message, at least i take from this, that there is this personal story. he returns to his youth, for instance, in indonesia. how he had to get up early in the morning and how that wasn't very easy and his mother would say, look, it's hard for me but you've got to do t pull yourself up by your bootstraps and then the larger message that he had indication is very important to the united states. now, the controversy, let's get back to that, was because of another part of this address that was suggested to the
teachers. the kids could write letters saying how they could help the president. the white house's speech was written and as you look at this speech and now the parents can, they can decide themselves whether they think it's good for the kids or into the. >> and you bring up a good point. go to the white house.gov website. parents will have a better idea if they want their kids to be in school for this tomorrow or not. let's talk about where you are now, jill. labor, as we know, house-elect president obama and the president of the afl-cia up sports a public option for health care. and what can we expect as right there in cincinnati as everybody gathers for this political picnic? >> well, this is a crowd that likes the pun lick option. it's the afl for the most part and when gets the president opposing that or throwing it
over the side of the ship, i mean, what they were saying, with the and intrigue competition. so you don't forget, you know, the the speech is coming on health care and you're not going to get let's say a par againing from par againing from the president. these are people that speak to him and talking about the things that they are interested in and health care is one of them. >> sounds good. jill, the president should step up to the mike. when that happens, we'll talk and jill, thank you for speaking to that crowd. wednesday night, live coverage from the best political team. 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 pacific.
a soldier who died and lost his job to the civilian world and returned to the military so his son would have health insurance. now, the son doesn't have a father. plus, why is it such a hassle to get on an airplane? it's because of these guys. today the justice has arrived for them. >> and a man looking forward to his new life as an ordained minister and yet his old life is pushing for forgiveness to the limit. and did i mention that he's a sex offender? jas see dug guard was snapped by a school bus stop 18 years ago. she's alive and a free woman. the town is raising money to help the girl care for herself and her children. an illinois man wondered now
we know b. three miles away at grandma's house in a secret place a tiny, hidden place where prying eye eyes, even sunshine, could not sneak in. >> this is the day he has dreamed of. the day his son would be found. >> i had faith. >> it was really sad. >> ricky is now nearly 7. authorities say that he was being hid at his grandmother's house i, alongside his mom. they were found inside a secret room that the family had built to hide the two. it was 5 by 12 feet and ceilings only 4 feet high. >> it was a hit incident and you move the panel on the side of
the wall. >> and searches never located the secret room. >> surprisingly, ricky is in very good spirits. for someone isolated in that house, he's very social. he's very polite and little boy. >> his properties are to get the boy back in school. and make sure what ricky has been told about her father and authorities want the transition to be smooth. >> the grandma is charged with aiding and abetting.
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tuesday. and you never know what beach and from virginia beach and the rain may lane on a picnic or two. and wouldn't you know it, on a day when very few people are flying. >> on a holiday? that's amazing. >> that would be great some other day, actually. we are going to watch this, maybe the next storm system in the atlantic ocean and other than that, it's a pretty good
labor day all in all. >> did you see that great white shark video? >> yes. and i've got a graphic that's going to show you why. as soon as we get done with this story. >> several massachusetts beaches are closed because swimmers on labor day. i'll tell you what, i'll come back with that graphic. jason carroll actually spoke with the man that tagged two of these big guys. take a listen. >> some species of sharks are common off the coast and they are relatively rare in new england. researchers spotted not one, but two, and were able to tag the ji yenlt predators. they each were estimated to weigh 1,000 pounds. this all happened on saturday where researchers and local fishermen made a little history
at sea. >> as soon as it comes to the surface, and i tar poon and take aim and gets within range, i throw the pole into the fish which puts the tag into the fish and an sues as he hits him, he tag right off. i've tried to go in and find great white sharks. i can't find them. that's a lot of time and commitment. one day, boom, two animals. that kind of puts it in perspective. >> the great whites were tagged with high-tech devices programmed to stay on the sharks until january 15th. then the devices should pop off within the surface and transmit data back to the researchers. scientists hope that the information will learn more about the sharks migratory pattern. also an important note, several beaches in the area have remained closed and officials are being warned to look out for sharks. jason carroll, cnn, new york. chad, why did it happen? >> completely speculation when
we look at the temperature of the atlantic ocean and there was a tropical system danny. see how it's cold? the storm spun the water around and pushed the warm water this way, pushed it up against the shore. we believe that the water that is up against the shore right through here probably pushed some shrimp and crell and all of those things up there and then the fish went to get it and it's, why did she swallow the fly? bigger fish go for the littler fish. a tropical system caused that. southwest prides itself on not nickel and diming. but what is up with nickel and diming. also, live pictures from cincinnati, ohio. the president is going to step up to the podium there and will
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cincinnati of and i'm so proud to be on the stage with charlie because charlie reminds us that in these tough times, america's working men and women are ready to roll-up their sleeves and get back to work. and the local afl-cio secretary and the president and the outstanding national leader, a man who we thank for devoting his life to working americans, president john sweeny.
spending time with the kids and some of you may be proud of your grilling skills. and every man thinks that he can grill. whether he can or not. that's what michelle says. the truth is, she's a better griller than me. i don't know. we'll have to have a grill off some day. but you're enjoying some good food and music and cincinnati chili but today we also pause. we pause to remember and reflect and to reaffirm. we remember that the rights and benefits that we enjoy today weren't simply handed to america's men and women.
they had to be won. they had to be fought for. by men and women of courage and conviction from the factory floors of the industrial revolution to the shopping i'lls that say super stores. they stood up and they spoke out to demand a fair shake and an honest day's pay for an honest day's work. and many risked their lives. some gave their lives. some made it a cause of their lives, like senator ted kennedy, who we remembered today. so let us never forget, much of what we take for granted, 40-hour workweek, the minimum wage, let insurance, paid leave,
pension, social security, medicare, they all bear the union label it was the american worker. men and women just like you. who return from world war two to make our economy the envy of the world. it was labor that helped build the largest middle class in history. even if you are not a union member, every american owes something to america's labor movement. like so many americans, you work hard. you play by the rules and you pay your bills.
but in recent years, the american dream seems like it's been slipping away. because from washington to wall street, too often a different attitude prevailed. wealth was valued overwork. selfishness over sacrifice. greed over responsibility. the right to organize was undermined rather than strengthened. that's what we saw and it may have worked out well for the folks at the time but it didn't work out well for you or our country. bad culture -- that bull tur and the policies that undermined the greatest economic crisis of our time. so today on this labor day, we reaffirm our commitment to rebuild to, live up to the
legacy of those that came before us, to combine the values that have served us for so long, hard work and responsibility, new ideas for a new to ensure that our great middle class remains the backbone of our economy and not something that we celebrate at picnics once a year. we wanted a reality for the families of ohio and the families of americans. that's what we've been doing ever since i joined the office. now, they've got through a selective amnesia.
so let's just remind them, a financial system on the verge of slaps. the worst recession of our lifetime threatening to become another recession. that is what was happening just seven months ago. that's why we took bold, swift action. that's why we passed an unprecedented recovery act and we did it without the usual washington earmarks and spending and ohio inner working. times are still tough but we've
given 95% of working americans a tax cut. 4.5 million families in ohio and including here in cincinnati, a promise we made in the campaign and a promise i kept as the president of the united states. we cut taxes to small businesses and so they could grow and higher more workers. we extended unemployment benefits for 12 million americans, including charlie and nearly 570,000 ohio citizens. we've saved jobs of tens and thousands of state teachers and local responder, including in the state of ohio. ask folks what they would have
done, the cuts they would have made, taxes they would have had to raise. we're rebuilding america's infrastructure, including improvements to i-75 and hamilton county led by a local cincinnati contractor. we are making projects across ohio and making historic innovation. much of it is to come in the months and years ahead, renewing the renewable energy and carrying electricity from coast to coast, laying down broad band lines and high speed rail line, providing the largest boost in basic research in our history. all of which will put people back to work.
pipe fitters, engineers, you name it. so our recovery plan is working. the financial system has been saved from collapse. home sales are up. we're seeing signs of life in the auto industry. business investment is starting to stabilize. for the first time in 18 months we're seeing growth in manufacturing. when was the last time you heard that? here in the united states of america? now, on friday we learned that americans are still losing jobs and whenever americans are are
losing job, that's simply unacceptable. but for the second straight month, we lost fewer jobs than the jobs before and the few west jobs that we have lost in a year. so make so mistake, we're moving in the right direction. we're on the road to recovery, ohio. don't let anybody tell you otherwise. yes, we will. yes, we are but, my friends, we still have a long way to go. we're not going to rest. we're not going to let up. not until workers looking forge jobs, good jobs to us stain jobs and dreams, not until
responsible mortgage owners can stay in their homes. not until we got a full economic recovery and all americans have their shot at the american dream. now, we can't do that if we go back to that old economy. over leverage means inflated profits and maxed out credit cards and ceos and bankers didn't multimillion dollar bonuses. on an economy of bubbles and bursts, your wages and income stagnant while corporate profits soar. so even if we recover from the are recession, we have to build a new foundation for prosperity. we need america with a financial
system. we've got to have regulations in place that protect consumers so that he tha we never have a crisis like this again. i don't want to have to bail out any more banks and we've got to make sure that we have regulations in place to prevent it. and energy jobs that can never be outsourced and to free america, an america that commits to education because the country that is not educated today would have to beat us tomorrow and the best jobs would go to the best educator. so we've got to do a better job of educating or sons and our daughters and, yes, i'm going to have something to say tomorrow to our children, tell them to
stay in school and work hard. because that's the right message to send. we need america that wants to invest for the middle class which is why i created the task force for middle class working family, led by joe biden to make sure that our policies always benefit you, the american worker. today we're taking another step. i'm naming ron bloom, who is right here. raise your right hand, ron. he's right down here in the front. i'm naming are ron bloom to lead our efforts to revitalize the sector that helped build the middle class, american
manufacturing. ron has worked with service managers to create jobs. he helped guide our auto task force. he's going to help us prep the next generation of great manager job and a competitive in the 21st century. oh, and by the way, just in case you were wondering, we're also going to build an america where health reform delivers more stability and security to every
american. >> we are going to reform the system for those that have insurance and those that don't. i'll have a lot more to say about this on wednesday night. i might have to save my voice a little bit. not get too excited. i want you all to tune in. but let me just say a few things. about the health care issue. we've been fighting for quality affordable health care for every american for nearly a century, since teddy roosevelt. think about that. a long time the congress and the country has been debating this issue for many months. the debate is good because that's important. we've got to get this right. but every debate at some point
comes to an end. at some point it's time to decide. at some point it's time to act. ohio, it's time to act. and get this thing done. we have never been this close. we have never had such broad agreement on what needs to be done. and because we're so close to real reform, some made the special interests do what they always do, which is just to try to scare the heck out of people. but i've got a question for all of these folks that we're going to pull the plug on grandma. that it's all about illegal immigrants. you've heard the lines. i've got a question for all of
those folks. what are you going to do? what's your answer? what's your solution? and you know what? they don't have one. their answer is to do nothing. their answer is to do nothing and we know what that future looks like. insurance companies raking in the profits while discriminating people because of pre-existing conditions, and it means that you're never negotiating by higher wages because all you're trying to do is protect the benefits that you have already for the and it means more families pushed into bankruptcy,
more businesses cutting more jobs, more americans losing health insurance, forcing thousands every day and that's not the future i see for america. i see reform where we bring sa stilt and security to folks who have insurance today, where you never again to the worry about going without coverage. if you lose a job or change a job or get sick, you've got coverage there for you. where there's a cap on your out of pocket expenses and if you have health insurance well, you never again have to worry, you never again have to worry that you or someone you love would be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. i see reform where americans in
small businesses are shut off and be able to purchase a coverage and price that they can afford. where they will be able to shop and compare and a new health insurance exchange. a marketplace where competition and choice will continue to hold down costs and help and i continue to believe that a public option within that basket of insurance choices will help i see reform where we protect our senior citizens by closing the gaps in the prescription drug coverages that costs americans thousands of dollars out of their pockets and they will preserve medicare and put them on stronger financial footing and more than $100 billion in unwarranted public subsidies to
already profitable insurance companies. i want a health insurance system that works well for the american people as it does for the insurance industry. they should be fry to make a profit but they also have to be fair. they also have to be accountable. security for official that don't have health insurance and those that don't. that's the reform that is needed. that's the reform that we're fighting for and that's why it's time to do what is right for americans working families and putting aside bipartisanship and stop saying things that are not true. come together as a nation have
health insurance reform right now. this year. few have fought harder or longer than you. our brothers and sisters of organized labor. and just as we know that we have to adapt to all of the changes and challenges of the global economy, we also know this. in good economic times and in bad labor is not part of the solution. that's why the labor department has made it their right to organize, your right to bargain collectively. and that's why i attempted to overturn the previous to level the playing field so it's easier for employees who want a union to form a union.
nothing wrong with that. because when labor is sprung, america is sprung. when we all raise together, we that's why the first piece of legislation i signed into law was the lily ledbetter fair pay act, guaranteeing equal pay for equal work. lily works at a factory in alabama. she did her job and she did it well. and then after nearly two decades, she discovered that for years, she was paid less than her male colleagues for doing the very same work. over the years, she had lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in wages and in pension and in social security benefits. lily could have just moved on. instead, this alabama
grandmother made a decision, she said a principle was at stake. she stood up and she spoke up for what was right, all the way to the supreme court and then congress and finally the white house where she stood next to me as i signed the law that bore her name. ohio, that's the lesson this day that some things are worth fighting for. equal pay, fair wages, dignity in the workplace, justice on the job, an economy that works for everybody, because in america, there are no second class citizens, an economy where you can make a living and care for your families where you're leaving your kids something better, where we live up to our fundamental idea. those words put on paper some 200 years ago, that we're all
created equal. that we all deserve a chance to pursue our happiness. that's the calling to which we are summoned this labor day. that's the cause of my presidency. and that is the commitment we must fulfill to preserve the american dream for all of america's working families. but i'm going to need you to do it. you know, at the beginning of this speech, i talked about whether you were fired up. i know that over the last couple of months, the economy's been bad, the recession's been wearing on folks. people losing their jobs, people losing their health care, people losing their homes, in some cases. it's been the usual bickering in washington. doesn't seem like that ever stops. pundits on tv, they're saying how all this isn't working and that's not working.
you know, you start getting into a funk. and whenever i see folks in that negative place, i always think back to a story i told during the campaign. some of you have heard it. but i decided i'd say it again. it's about where the phrase "fired up" comes from. so this is when we were -- right at the beginning of the campaign for the presidency, nobody gave us a chance, none of y'all could pronounce my name. and i went down to south caroli carolina. i went down -- i think it was -- where was it? i was in greenville, am i right?
greenville. and the legislators were having a little banquet and they invited me to come down and speak. and i sat next to a state representative. i had nobody supporting me back then. so i had to ask effort, i said, will you support my campaign for presidency of the united states? and this state rep looked me up and down and she said, you know, i will give you my endorsement if you come to my hometown at greenwood, south carolina. i had had a glass of wine so i said right away, okay. let's shake on it. come to find out that greenwood is about an hour and a half from every place else. so about a month later, i fly in, i've been campaigning for two weeks straight, haven't seen my family. i'm exhausted, i'm tired. get to the hotel room, i'm dragging my bag into my room,
about to go to bed. i get a tap on my shoulder. it's my staff member. he said, excuse me, sir? i said, what? he said, you have to be in the car morning at 6:30 in the morning. i said, why? he said, because we got to go to greenwood like you promised. so the next day, i wake up and i feel worse than when i went to bed. i stagger over to the window, open up the blinds, it's pouring down rain outside, ugly day. i go out, get my newspaper, open it up, there's a bad story about me in "the new york times." i pack up my stuff, goi downstairs. my umbrella breaks and i get soaked. by the time i'm in the kashgs i'm sleepy, i'm wet, and i'm mad.
and we start driving and we just keep on driving. we're driving, driving, driving. goes on forever. hour and a half we're driving. finally we get to greenwood. although you don't know that you're in greenwood right away. it's got a lot of fields. we pull up next to a little fieldhouse in a park. and i get back out and i get a little more wet, and i go inside. and after this hour and a half drive, lo and behold, there are only 20 people inside. and most of them are wet and don't look like they really want to be there either. so, you know, i'm a professional. i go and shake everybody's hands. i've got kind of a tight smile on my face. how do you do? what do you do? nice to meet you. suddenly i hear this voice
behind me shouting out, fired up! and i'm surprised. i'm scared, almost. but everybody else acts like that's normal and they all say, fired up. and then i hear, ready to go! people around me all say, ready to go. i don't know what's going on. i look behind me. there is a little woman. she couldn't be more than 5'2". watch out. you little, too. little lady, she was about 50, 60 years old. she's dressed like she just came from church. got a big church hat. and she's smiling at me. she looks at me and she says, fired up! turns out this woman is a city
council member from greenwood who is famous for her chant. every event she goes to ut, she likes chanting. she go, fires up, ready to go, and does a little dance while she's doing it. so for the next five minutes, it seems like, she just keeps on saying this little chant, fired up, fired up, ready to go, ready to go! and i'm standing there and i'm thinking, this woman is upstaging me. i don't know what to do. i'm looking at my staff thinking when is this thing going to be over? but here's the thing, ohio. after about a minute or two, i'm starting to feel kind of fired up. i'm starting to feel like i'm ready to go. so i start joining in the chant
and it's making me feel good. and for the rest of the day, whenever -- we campaigned the whole day. whenever i saw my staff, i said, are you fired up? they said, i'm fired up, boss. are you ready to go? i said, i'm ready to go. it just goes to show you how one voice can change a room. and if it can change a room, it can change a city. and if it can change a city, it can change a state. and if it can change a state, it can change a nation. and if it can change a nation, it can change the world. your voice can change the world. your voice will get health care passed. your voice will make sure that the american worker is protected.
you can build america. i need your help. thank you, cincinnati. are you fired up? ready to go? fired up? ready to go? fired up? red die to go? i love you, bye-bye. >> it was a 5'2" city councilwoman who inspired him during the campaign to be fired up. i don't really think you have to define fire up if you watch that speech. the president of the united states, the combination of his push for health insurance overhaul in addition creating jobs, particularly there in cincinnati, ohio, and across the u.s. and then thrown into the mix, a lot of motivational speaking. he definitely had a lot of energy today, that's for sure. as the crowd, not only the president, but the crowd had been pretty fired up as well. we even had a hard time making contact with jill dougherty when
she was previewing the speech. an interesting energy there in cincinnati, ohio, and quite a switch from all the various forms and speeches we've seen for a number of weeks for a lot of fired-up folks. asking a lot of members of congress and the senate about health care reform and what's going to happen, what's the deal with the public options? how's it going to benefit you and me and every small to large town across the united states? the president there saying, look, i've appointed a new manufacturing czar, ron bloom, he's going to help with the job situation. he still said he's very much in support of a public option. that is not going away. it's staying within his idea of reform. and still speaking to the people there at this labor day picnic, talking about his 9.7% unemployment rate there, but he is the man to help each one of
those individuals and all across the countriful we'll have to see how it plays out. . but bottom line, the president got them fired up in cincinnati, ohio. we are firing up, talking about three days, three speeches and three opportunities for president obama now to reclaim center stage like he did right there in cincinnati. we're pushing forward on a big push from the white house on the economy, on education. and especially on health care, as you can see. you just heard the president across the afl-cio at the labor day picnic in cincinnati. tomorrow he's going to speak to the nation's elementary and high school students. and then wednesday brings a primetime address to a joint session of congress. you heard the president mention it right there in his speech. he doesn't want the sound and fury to carry on to capitol hill. we've been covering those town hall, as you know, for weeks now. you've seen the fire in the belly of so many americans across this country. but we begin with the
star-spangled blue collar picnic in ohio. following it for about 45 minutes now. but it's no picnic for the millions of american workers who'd love to get back into the labor forces but can't. the president says better days are coming, he promises. take a listen. >> so our recovery plan is working. bricklayers, too. the financial system has been saved from collapse. home sales are up. we're seeing signs of life in the auto industry. investment is starting to stabilize. for the first time in 18 months, we're seeing growth in manufacturing. when was the last time you heard that? >> jill dougherty traveling with
the president. what was your take, jill? that sort of energy about an hour ago when you and i were talking didn't go away. and then the president stepping up to the mike and definitely keeping it going. >> reporter: yeah, these are people who really like the president. these are the die-hazard, the core supporters of the president. so what did he have to give them? well, these are people who are worried about jobs. in the beginning, you heard him talking about the economy and it's a tough sell. the economy still has problems. but the president making the point in his view, we're on the road to recovery. he also gave them a guy from their own ranks, a person who worked with the steelworkers, ron bloom, who's now going to be the manufacturing czar, the guy who's going to look at policy and proposals and strategy for bringing back manufacturing. then the difficult thing was, these people, members of the union, afl-cio do want a public
option. but that is a key element in trying to get a health care plan. that the president, if he really supports it all the way, runs into a lot of problems. so how does he finance that? well, he says, public option within the basket of insurance options is a good idea, it can improve quality and bring down costs. did he say he's going to go to the mat with it? no, he did not. he also talked about the health insurance exchanges, another idea. and then finally, kyra, this is a big week for the president. and as he mentioned, you have that school speech tomorrow that's become very controversial. and he also made this reference to, i'm going to be saying something on that, too. so the crowd at every moment was very supportive. and this is a very organized group. signs all over the place, very professionally made by the afl-cio, health care can't wait. kyra? >> you bring up a good point. let's push forward to the president's speech tomorrow to students.
we've heard about the controversy. if you go to whitehouse.gov, any of us can read it in its entirety. let's point out one part of that chunk of the speech, there's been so much controversy -- is this indoctrination or is it just insightful. he writes in the speech -- >> the president definitely knows how to talk and who to bring up to our high school and elementary kids. >> reporter: yes, and he had other things to say. essentially it was -- the message was, the best schools, the best teachers, the best parents won't do it all, that you as a student have to do it, too.
and so that was really kind of, get to work. it was tough for me, too, but we have to do it. he had another thing, don't be afraid to ask for help. he said, i do that every day. asking for help is not a sign of weakness. so the message really was very supportive of the students and really challenging them to do what they have to do. but, again, this turbid into a highly political situation because of that one phrase that was in part of the work explanation for how this would work for the teachers, which was how i can support the president. that was the way it was phrased. white house backtracked and said that was not a good way to phrase that. they took it out. so the speech, now parents can look at it and decide. >> whitehouse.gov, they can read it nits entirety. be interesting to see who keeps their kids home tomorrow and who doesn't it. jill, thanks so much. on this labor day, the secretary of labor was with the president at that event in cincy.
hilda solis has been talking about the job market. she said things are looking more stable and that some sectors are actually improving. >> keep in mind, the recovery program is just in like its six months right now and it's a two-year project. so we still have more funding opportunities that will go creating and helping to build our infrastructure. so that will help in construction and manufacturing. we're also going to see these new hybrid technologies created. and i think the money alone that i am providing through our department for job training won't be fully effective until later this year, around october or november. so there are flickers of hope out there. i would just hope people, please, come by and visit our centers where people with get free information. >> the president said near the end of his speech that secretary solis' top priority is protecting american workers.
vice president biden told people at a rally that organized labor is the nation's backbone and that he and arlen specter would keep talking it up. pennsylvania would have had to lay off more than 10,000 people, he said, without it. a political career badly damaged over a 9/11 controversy. van jones, president obama's adviser, on green jobs is stepping down for signing a petition in 2004 that suggested the government let the 9/11 attacks happen. the administration says the president didn't force him to quit. >> the president accepted his resignation because van jones, as he says in his statement, understood that he was going to get in the way of the president and ultimately this country moving forward on something has important as creating jobs in a clean energy economy. >> jones did apologize and now says he doesn't agree with the petition but he also claims that opponents of the president's health care plan are smearing
him. jones drew fire for making insulting comments about republicans. if we do get a bipartisan health care plan it may mirror a long awaited blueprint from a senator at the center of the action. >> reporter: max bachus' proposal, the high-end insurance plans that some say encourage consumers to overuse health care. it's a tax thanz companies would pay but critics say it would be passed on to sums. less than $900 billion, significant, because this is about $100 billion less than the other bills presented for congress. it's senator bachus who put this together.
he wants to see if they can reach an agreement. he obviously wants to ensure that his committee has an opportunity to put its stamp on the health care debate before wednesday nigh. >> the best political team on television will bring you special live coverage of the president's health care speech wednesday night starting at 8:00 eastern. prosecutors say it could have been worse than 9/11. there's a verdict today in a british terror trial that changed the way you fly. our progressive direct rates,coe apples to apples, against other top companies, to help you get the best price. how do you do that? with a touch of this button. can i try that? [ chuckles ] wow! good luck getting your remote back. it's all right -- i love this channel. shopping less and saving more. now, that's progressive.
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it would have been the deadliest terror attack since 9/11. a british jury convicted three men of plotting to bomb at least seven airliners flying to the united states and canada back to 2006. paula newton joins us from london. this case really changed the way we fly, right? >> absolutely. all those little bottles will never be the same again. what's interesting here is this is a retrial. these ring leaders were convicted last year of conspiracy to murder. but what the jury wasn't buying in the first trial was that they actually had the capability and intent to bring down those airplanes no more. and the second trial, vindication for british authorities are saying, we told you so, this was warranted. interesting, during the first trial t scientists came out with this experiment.
you could hear a pin drop when the jury saw this video of having these soft drink bottles, just bottles like this, something you and i would use and bring on to a plane, the kind of explosion that it would cause. it was really quite an impact. and i think the other thing is that we're all beginning to realize that after 9/11, everyone vowed never again. and i think this was very chilling for authorities who thought to themselves, hang on a minute, the terrorists are really improvising here and we always need to be one step ahead of them. >> what do you think we've learned about how terrorists plot? >> i think it was this cell in particular -- this wasn't the normal profile. they were so-called upstanding citizens in their muslim communities. many of them were from east london here. i've spoken to people in those communities who feel absolutely betrayed. there certainly was a link to pakistan and perhaps even al qaeda. but nothing proven. and from the martyr dom video, at least six of them, the word
saying, we intend to give back to you, we intend to get back at the west, enough is enough, all of this, people understanding that these cells are inspired in so many different ways. what should give us a measure of relief is they were under surveillance for several weeks and there are plots like that going on right now, security authorities tell us, that are under surveillance and they learn more every day. >> that's good news. paula newton, thanks. fresh new controversy today in the fight for afghanistan's swedish aid workers say that u.s. troops looking for taliban fighters stormed a hospital tying up guards and entering women's wards. they say that doors were kicked in and patients were forced out of their beds. swedish committee nor afghanistan says the operation was a violation of humanitarian principles and not acceptable. nato says it's investigating. but it would have been afghan-led. u.s. forces in afghanistan are facing criticism for an air strike last week that allegedly killed dozens of civilians. dr. sanjay gupta will have
more from afghanistan tonight on cnn's "anderson cooper 360." one other note from afghanistan, they're still counting vote from last month's presidential election. the running count gives hamid karzai a comfortable lead but not the majority that he need today avoid a runoff. the election commission warns if it can't certify any results until they look into 650 allegations of serious vote fraud. a former u.n. worker and journalist is now in jail in sudan. she faced 40 lashes for wearing pants and a blouse that were considered indecent. the court offered to fine her instead but she's refusing to pay. our reporter joins us on the phone. what happened in court? >> reporter: she used to be a u.n. employee and journalist in sudan. she's trying to make a stand saying that this law of give ago
flogging to win, 40 lashes for a woman if she's wearing what the morality police deem as not part of the law, she says it's incorrect, degrading and it's backwards. she's trying to make a stand. today she went to court, she was offered the option -- or in fact, she was given the verdict of guilty, though the judge didn't even allow her to state her case, according to her lawyer. and that she was offer today get a fine of around $210, u.s. dollars. but she says she will refuse to pay the fine because according to her lawyer, this entire case is incorrect and she would rather go to jail to try and make a point that the law in sudan is not progressive like some of the other aspects of that country. >> bottom line, is she trying to make a change? >> reporter: of course, that's the bottom line. >> we lost david mckenzie who's
joining us by phone from nairobi. other top stories we're following, the h1n1 virus making its present felt on washington state university campus. the school doled out three hand sanitizer this weekend. more than 2,000 u.s. students are sick with the swine flu. so far none of them have been hospitalized. rescue crews are scouring the side of a ferry disaster in the philippines. nearly 960 people have been rescued, including a woman who had been in the water for more than 24 hours. at least nine people were killed when the ferry capsized yesterday. one person remains unaccounted for. some great white sharks are taking a toll on the beach fun that so many people enjoy on this holiday. four great whites have been spotted off the cape cod coast prompting the closing of many massachusetts beaches. and for the first time, two of the sharks in the atlantic have been tagged for research. firefighters are making progress against that massive
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los angeles. it's actually responsible for the deaths of two of their own. and that blaze has blackened thousands of acres and destroyed dozens of homes. >> our current totals are for residential buildings, is 13 damaged, 78 destroyed. that is up two from our last report. and those two were in the stonyvale area off of big tahonga. commercial buildings damaged, one. destroyed are two. >> crews hope to have the entire fire contained by sometime next tuesday. rain is making a mess out of a number of your outdoor holiday plan, right, chad? >> i'm afraid if the carolinas were your choice when you threw the dice and say, where do we want to go this labor day, you're not loving the outer
banks right now, although an indoor day playing a game isn't all that bad. rain showers from virginia beach all the way down to fayetteville into wilmington. showers across parts of kentucky and ohio as well and into parts of pennsylvania. these are all passing showers. this one cell will be here and gone in 45 minutes to an hour in knoxville. and usual replan the picnic. florida, you should be seeing more showers than this on a day like today. not going to hop today. no airport delays. you think, well, there's nobody out there, anyway. there are 6,300 dots on this map. 6,300 airplanes in the sky. where are y'all going? not one organized delay from like newark to laguardia because of wind or weather or low clouds. obviously some are delayed by mechanicals or whatever. but no widespread slowdowns
today. and who would have thunk? you would have thought, let's not go on labor day, it will be really slow. >> what's an organized delay? >> if the faa says, you can't get 60 planes on the ground on hour anymore because the clouds are too thick, you can only get 30 planes on the ground an hour, all of a sudden those planes have to be backed up farther apart, so you can't get as many planes on the ground. >> organized chaos? >> sure. >> that works. thank you. >> talk about this later on in the day. >> bye, chad. talk about a pastor with a past. a sex offender about to be ordained. his old sins pushing the concept of forgiveness to its very limits. well allow me to introduce the top-of-the-line pc. oh, wow cool. hey. well, i want a computer with a big screen. and a really fast processor. some say i'm too fast. and i want one that just works, without thousands of viruses and tons of headaches.
a few years ago, would you, could you listen to him? that's the challenge for one congregation in kentucky now. >> reporter: city of refuge church proclaims that everyone is welcome. that's probably what attracted mark hourigan. hourigan was charged back in 1998 with sodomizing, sexually abusing and intimidating an 11-year-old boy. he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, served time in prison and agreed not to serve as a leader in any church where he would have contact with children. but hourigan's probation is over. even if his sex offender registration will never end. >> but us as a society, we can't forget. we can't move on. and i preach in this church to try to allow god to move you on to a better life. >> reporter: pastor randy meadows says the lord has touched hourigan's heart. hourigan now leads praise and worship at the church and he will become an ordained minister
next sunday. >> if we show people that someone with mark's background and his past can show that he can be someone product nif society, who else could reach out to other people but christ's people? >> reporter: former church deacon kevin pickerrell says hourigan wasn't open about his past until he was confronted. >> i had my piece of paper that i'd done my research on and i said, this is the problem. and he said, oh, you found out. >> pickerrell fears hourigan would be tempted by the children who gather at the church for weekly sunday school. >> maybe he's going to fall in that category of the low percentage that doesn't. but i don't want to take the chance. >> pastor meadows said hourigan will sign an agreement not to minister to the children. >> god is a loving and forgiving god. i'm doing what he's telling me to do. if that's not popular, jesus
wasn't either. >> we didn't hear from the man in question. but cnn richard's louie talked with the man and the pastor. >> why should parishioners believe you are in recovery? >> i completelied a sex offender treatment program when i was in prison and also since if been on parole. i've learned a lot of tools through that program and i've learned that i have to change the way that i think in order to change my actions and my behaviors. and i've learned a lot of things as far as what situations not to place myself in and when i'm having problems on emotional levels to seek out counsel from other people, such as my pastor or other members of the church, in order to deal with those so that it doesn't turn into something that it has in the
past. >> pastor meadows, the catholic church has experienced scores of sex offense cases over the decades that have spanned the decades. and it has significant financial repercussi repercussions. aren't you afraid of the risk you'll be facing here? >> i don't take anything lightly when it comes to someone's past. i want everyone to know that. but i want everyone to know that this church in no way, shape or form will be putting the children of this church in harm's way, the members of this church or brother mark in harm's way. we are very aware of everything. and the one thing is that he has not hidden this from me or the board members of the church or the ministers. so we are very watchful of every situation that comes along in our congregation. >> hourigan is set to be ordained next sunday. a jury in florida recommends
death for the man who kidnapped, raped and killed denise lee. you may remember lee is the young wife and mother who called 911 from her attacker's cell phone and stayed on the line several minutes but never got rescued. a witness also called and described the suspect's car and location, but that was never passed on to police. a judge will formally sentence michael king in the days ahead. that brother of the man charged with a mass slaying at a mobile home in coastal georgia is defending him. guy heinze, jr., is charged with killing his father and seven other people. but his 16-year-old brother tyler says he's innocent and would never hurt his family. the younger heinze spoke saturday after his father's funeral. tyler heinze speculated that drugs may have played a role in the killings but didn't go into detail. south lake tahoe never forgot jaycee dugard. this holiday weekend, the town celebrated the remarkable good news that the little girl snatched from a school bus stop 18 years ago is alive and a free woman.
here's cnn's kara finnstrom. >> reporter: a sea of pink, girls walking arm in arm, a hometown telling jaycee dugard they love her. it's all so familiar. >> it's very overwhelming. it's a good overwhelming. >> reporter: jaycee's childhood friend amelia walked this route on the 10th anniversary of jaycee's disappearance. now, eight years later, this community is walking it backwards, symbolizing they've come full circle and jaycee has come home. >> all of us are just like in awe. we keep getting goose bumps. >> reporter: in the years since jaycee vanished, the community has held its children tighter. >> i'm constantly trying to find out where she is and reach out for her hand. >> reporter: that fear, even more real for edwards. the week for dugard disappeared, edwards says she told her parents a car with a man and woman inside followed her home from the bus stop. >> i remember hearing the tire tracks pull on to the dirt road
behind me and freaked me out. i remember walking faster, hearing the tires go faster. and that made me even more scared. so then i ran home. >> we just thought it was a 10-year-old being overly dramatic and didn't really believe her, actually. >> reporter: edwards says at the time she immediately recognized sketches of the car and the woman suspected of involvement in jaycee dugard's disappearance. >> at 11 years old, it was my worst nightmare coming true. my mom stated, it's the boogie man coming to life. >> reporter: edwards needed to do something. >> this is one of the original pink ribbons. >> reporter: she started what became a mass expensive pink ribbon campaign. pink was jaycee's favorite color. 18 years later -- >> we're getting lost in a sea of pink. it's the most beautiful thing i've ever seen. >> reporter: jaycee dugard is not here with them. but edwards now knows somewhere that missing girl, now a free woman, just may see and feel their joy.
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president obama praised the union movement at a labor day rally in cincinnati just a short time ago, speaking to the ohio afl-cio member, he asked for help in his fight for health care reform and also argued his economic recovery plan is working but said he won't be satisfied until jobs are much more plentiful. a major british terror trial ended today, one that changed the way we all fly. a london jury found three british muslims guilty of plotting to bomb at least seven airliners flying to the u.s. and canada. four other alleged conspirators were acquitted and the jury was unable to reach a verdict on another defendant. airline passengers face new restrictions on carrying liquids and gels. and how much would you pay for one of michael jackson's
gloves? a glove once worn by the king of pop went for $49,000, nearly double what they expected. the winning bidder was the hard rock hotel and cafe in las vegas. some people without wheels, now they have transportation. the rapper and actor partnered with a dealership in suburban atlanta and gave away 20 cars to people who nearly lost their jobs because they didn't have a ride. about 4,000 submitted essays to the rapper's foundation saying why they deserve that car. >> we have our own stimulus plan. we're doing our part as a foundation and an organization to give back. we call it ludi-day weekend. giving back, leading my example. with great power comes great responsibility. just doing my part. >> along with that free car, the winners also got free gas for 30
days. when you head back to work tomorrow, might take you a bit longer to reach the office. but the longer commute might be a sign of economic recovery. stephanie, yew you going to roll out with us? >> makes me want to do this. >> exactly. i was waiting for you to do the video for me. >> we always see something a little different on these holidays. long tradition of it. after a year and a half of decreased congestion, getting a little more crowded on america's roads. the average american will spend about 30 hours stuck in traffic this year. that's a slight increase from 2008. but it's still well off the 41 hours that americans spent in traffic back in 2007 before the recession begin. there's an increase in economic activities. in some stishgs more people going to work. for example, washington, d.c.
saw one of the largest increases in travel time a result of more government workers. but it's not always jobs. the numbers take into account several factors. >> what about the federal stimulus packages? a lot of that money was meant to fund road projects. is that also contributing to the increased traffic? >> yeah, it definitely is. the department of transportation received $27.5 billion from the american recovery and reinvestment act. so far, that's funded over 6,000 road projects nationwide which led enricks to see that's a 40% in delays during off-peak construction hours. take a look at this map. some of the biggest relative delays are in albuquerque, new mexico. their i-40 project. in st. louis, multiple interstate projects are in the works. massachusetts is in the top ten in terms of increased overnight delays.
and number one on that list would be portland, maine, there are plans to redesign i-295, one of the main art ris. you can follow the recovery from every angle at cnnmoney.com. i never thought we'd talk stimulus and ludacris in the same sentence. >> all about giving back, making money, help everything get better. >> and rolling out. >> there you go. chicago, mind if i borrow michigan avenue for a few days. only oprah could pull that off? three blocks of the magnificent mile closing through early wednesday. oprah's going to use the spot to kick off the 24th season of her show. the taping doubles as a free party for the public with music from performers like jennifer hudson and the black eyed peas. this is a live look as they patch up a crack in a steel
support bar of the bay bridge. the bridge closed last week for a seismic retrofit. but this weekend, they discovered the crack which was big enough on its own to force closing the bridge. the hope is to get the bridge fixed before rush hour tomorrow morning. more than 260,000 cars and trucks cross the bay bridge every day. switching sides in samoa, i mean the country not the girl scout cookie. and i don't mean american samoa but the other one. halfway between hawaii and new zealand. about 52 minutes ago, samoa became the first country in almost 40 years to switch the side of the road it drives on. it switch today the left to be like its bigger neighbors where a lot of former samoans live and where they drive cars they can't ship home because the steering wheels are on the wrong side. now they're not. the smooth transition, called a
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this just coming in to cnn, we've confirmed that former congressman joseph kennedy says he will not run for the senate seat held by his late uncle, ted kennedy. the former six-term congressman says he will continue to work on causes he cares about like decent housing, fair wages and health care. so right now at this point, officially martha coakley, the massachusetts attorney general, is the only one that has officially declared that she will be running for that seat. also possibly potential democratic candidates, steven lynch. we are told that he has obtained the nomination papers, but still 56-year-old coakley is the first one to officially declare. apparently not everyone is willing to turn the other cheek.
there was a protest yesterday outside the church of an arizona pastor who said that he wants president obama to die. melissa gonzalez was there. ♪ >> reporter: people lined southern avenue sunday morning spreading their message of love. >> because i, too, am a minister. i would never get in the pulpit and preach hate. >> reporter: this is video of one of pastor anderson's video posted on youtube. i hate barack obama. and i'm going to prove it from the bible why god hates barack obama. >> i'm apalled that anyone would talk about killing the president and as a religious leader, i'm apalled that anyone would do it from a pulpit. >> there's more of us who believe god is peace and love than hatred and wishing the president's demise. >> reporter: but pastor anderson is standing by his message. he refused to be interview only saying -- >> i'm not changing anything
i've said. if you want to know how i'd like to see obama die, natural causes. >> reporter: this man attended the services. he offered this solution. >> i think obama could maybe reach out to pastor anderson and i would pray that they both come to some kind of agreement. >> reporter: other members of faithful word baptist church are continuing to stand by pastor anderson. how was the sermon today? >> real good. you guys ought to go. >> reporter: this man admits he's prayed for the president and others to die. >> people do evil in the world. the bible says god is a god of judgment. >> that was melissa gonzalez of our affiliate from tempe, arizona. nearly 100 people attended yesterday's protest. that's a story you are on top of as soon as he came out and said those controversial comments. >> we broke that story when it first came out. what's interesting is i can't help but say this, i think most
people are probably thinking it. it's amazing what things people can find in the bible if they look for it. it's almost like people use the bible oftentimes to substantiate just about anything that they want to, whether it's good, bad or indifferent. if nothing else, it seems to be ever since we did that story, i've talked to a lot of people who are in the religious community, people who are theologians and they've all dispelled the notion that what this man is preaching, which is is god stood for killing someone like the president of the united states because you may disagree with his policies. by the way -- >> does he have a lot of followers? >> no, no, no. >> is he spouting out to 20 people? >> it's not. that's one of the reasons that -- he's asked if i would interview him. and so far we've decided not to interview him because we think we'd be giving him a bigger platform than really he deserves. here's a guy with 20 people,
yes, he's become big news because of what he said. but we've decided not to put him in that situation and interview him for that reason. >> does that mean we should stop take it as well? >> no, i don't think so. i think if it's news, it's news. >> okay. >> i know you're asking that -- it's a serious question, actually. i think you report it because it show that is there's something going on in this country that we all have to be aware of. it doesn't necessarily mean you elevate him. listen, by the way, i just heard from shawn and shawn is covering this story about the eight people who were killed out in brunswick, georgia. he thinks he's been able to nail down what may be the motive in this case, why this heinze fellow killed his own family. and we also have going on with tila tequila and this merriman story. what an incredible story that this nfl linebacker would be arrested for strangling her. >> he deserves to go to jail if
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their sweet tooth. >> they didn't get the pastriep. >> reporter: more often than not, they do. the bear get the goodies and manage not to get caught in one of the traps or snares. >> since this project's been going on for five years now, we have several bears with advanced degrees in trapping. >> reporter: for three days, twice a day, we watched as cox and al ri checked traps baited with doughnuts and other sweets. >> you have to be smarter than a average bear. >> reporter: this bear hunt ends empty-handed. >> this looks like a young one. >> reporter: weeks later, another try. this time, a young bear is caught in a snare. >> usually the thing you'll see a little bit of an abrasion where they've rubbed some of the fur off or maybe a cut. >> reporter: it climbs a pine
tree trying to escape. the researchers wait for the bear to come down. a tranquilizer is attached to the end of a long pole. >> we got im. let's back off. >> reporter: the university of kentucky scientists are studying the movement of florida's black bears, how they get from place to place, the corridors they travel that need to be set aside. >> it's wonderful because the bears are telling us what habitat we need to protect. >> reporter: the bears are fitted with a collar that every 15 minutes sends text messages back to the university, telling the researchers exactly where the bears are. this one, a female, is too young. she won't get a collar. and when they pass the reader over the back of her neck, a microchip is detected. >> this is a bear that we've ch captured before. >> reporter: bears trying to get from one place to another run into